Health Canada has approved the first oral medication for COVID-19 that can be taken by patients at home.

Pfizer’s antiviral treatment Paxlovid will be restricted to adults with mild or moderate COVID-19 who are also at high risk of becoming more seriously ill.

The federal government has purchased one-million courses of the treatment for delivery this year, and Pfizer says it is ready to start immediate delivery.

But supplies will be limited for a while, so chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam is asking provinces and territories to prioritize the  highest-risk patients for the drug.

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